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US vows to punish Russia if it disrupts Ukraine vote

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The United States warned Russia of punishing new sanctions if the Kremlin and its allies in Ukraine disrupt crucial presidential elections in the former Soviet republic less than 10 days away. 

A pro-Russian militant of the so-called "Eastern battalion" looks through binoculars as he stands guard at a checkpoint on the road from Donetsk to Mariupol on May 15, 2014

Kiev's interim leaders are battling to keep Ukraine from disintegrating ahead of the May 25 vote, pressing on with a military offensive to put down a bloody pro-Moscow insurgency in the eastern industrial heartland.

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